Red Sox Reliever Carson Smith Being Shutdown Through Weekend, Will Be Reevaluated On Monday
This afternoon, Red Sox President of baseball operations, Dave Dombrowski had some very bad news for the Red Sox bullpen. He told reporters that reliever Carson Smith was having his rehab shutdown through the weekend. The team was going to reevaluate him on Monday.
“Carson still has a chance to come back and help us this year” said Dave Dombrowski regarding Carson Smith.
Carson Smith was supposed to be a huge part of the bullpen when the Red Sox traded for him before the 2016. During that spring, he suffered an elbow strain that sidelined him until May. He ended up playing in 3 games for the Boston Red Sox before undergoing Tommy John Surgery.
5. Carson Smith is still dealing with muscle soreness. DD said “Carson still has a chance to come back and help us this year”
— Jen McCaffrey (@jcmccaffrey) June 23, 2017
What It Means For The Red Sox
During spring training, the team was targeting June 1st as a reasonable return date for Carson Smith. Since then, the team has continuously delayed the start of his rehab appearances with AAA Pawtucket.
I know they are calling it muscle soreness for Smith but that can mean a million different things. The main thing is, you don’t know what you are going to get from Carson Smith or when he is going to be back. They were targeting June 1st as a comeback date in the spring and now they are just hoping that he will be back at one point this season.
For a team that has such uncertainty in the bullpen, that is bad news. Right now, 8th inning role has been very uncertain for the Red Sox. Matt Barns has been very effective at home where he has a 0.56 ERA. But on the Road he has a 7.47 ERA. That is not reliable at all, especially since half of your games are on the road.
The Red Sox need another reliable arm out of that pen. Carson Smith was supposed to help the pen. Now you don’t know if you’re even going to get him back. That could force Dombrowski